Why Do We Need to Sleep?

The Importance of Sleep

woman sleepingAll mammals need to sleep due to their brain’s structure. The cortex, where all complex thinking takes place, must have a “daily reset” to organize and categorize daily impressions, ideas and thinking structures.

Human beings are not different in that sense. Sleep is essential for maintaining our learning capabilities and memory, and mental and physical wellbeing.  Experts recommend a full 7 hours of sleep per 24 hours for adults at the age of 18-64. When it comes to children, the number increases. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 12-16 hours of sleep to babies at the age of 4-12 months. Toddlers at 1-2 years old need 11-14 hours. Young children aging 3 – 5, should sleep 10-13 hours a day. 6-12-year old children must sleep no less that 9-12 hours. 13-18-year old teens need 8-10 hours of a good night sleep.

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The Disastrous Effect of the Spanish Flu

The Spanish Flu of 1918: How It Affected the Whole World

spanish fluAbout hundred years ago, as much as 500 million people across the globe were affected by the influenza pandemic of 1918, or “The Spanish Flu”. There had been a lot of questions raised regarding its origins, especially when a corpse of a Spanish Flu victim was dug up in an Alaskan permafrost.

To begin with, it is worth knowing that it is not named the Spanish Flu because it started in Spain. A news media from the nation was only the first ones to disseminate information on the epidemic.

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The Possibility of Curing Cancer

Has Modern Medicine Found Cure for Cancer?

curing cancerCancer has been one of the most dreaded diseases in the world up to this day. It is known to be lethal, and is a very serious kind of disease that is hard to treat. A recent estimate from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) stated that around 1,735,350 new cases of cancer is going to be diagnosed in the U.S. and around 609,640 people are likely to die from the disease.

Cancer is known as an uncontrollable division of abnormal cells. These cells may start to grow and form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can either be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are the ones that could grow but will not spread to other tissues in the body; while malignant tumors are also called cancerous tumors. These are likely to spread on other parts of the body.

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Scientists Call for Increased Efforts amid Rise of HIV-related Virus Called HTLV-1

A group of scientists are giving people a stern warning on the dramatic rise of a new virus that is closely related to incurable Human Immuno Virus or HIV.

The virus is called HTLV-1, or the T-cell leukemia virus type 1, something that is uncommonly heard and new to medical discussion.

This is why the Institute of Human Virology, which based on the University of Maryland, calls the public to apply extra vigilance and efforts in the prevention of spread of the disease.

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